Are These 3 Hurdles Holding You Back?

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Conquer These Hurdles for Better Results

“Just like life, your weight loss will have ebbs and flows”

“Life is full of hurdles. you have to jump to be in the race.”-Maitree taylor


If you’re on a weight loss journey, you may hit a point when you’re not seeing the results that you saw at the start of your process. When this happens, it can be disheartening and you may struggle to see the progress you’ve made and that you continue to make as you consistently work toward your goals. For the most part, weight loss can be relatively simple: eat less and move more. But what happens when you’re still doing those things and not seeing the results? Don’t give up, check out these 3 overlooked hurdles to successful weight loss: 


  1. Sleep 

Sleep is essential for proper recovery and growth of the muscles. Not getting adequate sleep can hinder your performance in the gym and cause other adverse effects such as 

  • Brain fog 

  • Over eating or under eating 

  • Weakened immune system 


  1. Stress 

High stress levels can directly influence your progress in the gym. Chronically elevated cortisol levels lead to 

  • Increased blood pressure 

  • Slower metabolism 

  • Weakened immune system 

Heightened cortisol levels send signals to your sympathetic nervous system which puts you into “fight-or-flight” mode. It’s been shown that prolonged periods of being in this sympathetic response directly influences gaining visceral fat – or fat around the midsection and waist.   


  1. Hormones/ age 

As a fitness professional, I truly believe that it’s never too late to get into shape. However, it could become increasingly difficult to lose weight as we get older. Women in menopause are likely to experience rapid weight gain during this time due to the flux of hormones and a decrease in muscle mass. Combat these side effects by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and adding resistance training into your daily life. 


  1. Nutrition & Hydration 

If you’re in a caloric deficit, chances are you’ll start to see the weight fall off relatively quickly. However, you need to make sure you’re still taking in enough calories to satisfy your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). If you often eat foods that are high in sodium, you could be holding onto some extra water weight. It’s a great practice to track your food by using an app or working with a fitness professional to get you on the right track. 


Just like life, your weight loss will have ebbs and flows. Your weight can– and will– fluctuate based on your daily life. Try taking a bird’s-eye-view of your health and look at it as more than just what you eat and what you do in the gym. We’re here to help! Talk to a personal trainer today to find out how you can get over these hurdles! 

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